Hi, I'm Shannon!
I am a Ford Foundation Fellow and Chancellor's Fellow pursuing my PhD in the Lacey Lab in the Department of Integrative Biology and Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at the University of California, Berkeley. I study the natural history and behavioral ecology of South American rodents. Prior to attending graduate school, I earned my B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Biological Anthropology from the University of New Mexico.
I am dedicated to making science accessible to everyone. I contribute as both a writer and graphic designer for the Berkeley Science Review. I also regularly volunteer for multiple outreach groups on campus, including planning the yearly Expanding Your Horizons conference at UC Berkeley, teaching elementary school students about animals and the environment through Bay Area Scientists in Schools, guiding middle schoolers on their science fair projects through Be a Scientist, and mentoring fellow graduate students through STEM*FYI.
Outside of science, my passions include the culinary arts, interior design, and hiking with my dog, Bunny. I take my weekends very seriously; I love to spend them away from email and adventuring around the Bay Area.